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'First major hiccup' with new recycling service

Friday, 11 October 2013

Delayed: Council workers have been delivering the new bins this month

Delayed: Council workers have been delivering the new bins this month



THE rollout of 110,000 new recycling bins across Barnet has hit its first “hiccup” leaving some residents with nowhere to put their recycling before the launch of a new in-house service.

Barnet Council had hoped to have completed the distribution of its new large wheelie bins in time for the start of the new recycling service on Monday.

However, the council has revealed that some residents, with a new collection day of Friday October 18, will not receive their bins before Tuesday.

In an email to all Barnet councillors, seen by The Press, cabinet member for environment Dean Cohen, said: “We have reached the first major hiccup with the roll out of the new recycling bins this week.”

Mr Cohen points out that these residents will have their bin before their Friday collection, but adds: “As you may imagine we are not pleased with this delay as it means residents won’t be able to load this week’s recycling into their new blue bins.”

In addition to the new recycling bins, which will hold all mixed recycling, there will also be a new food waste collection service and residents will receive a brown bin, a kitchen caddy and a sample of ten biodegradable bags to place the rubbish in.

In a statement released by the council Mr Cohen said: “We had intended that all residents get their new blue and brown bins with over a week to spare but this just hasn’t proven possible and I’d like to apologise to those residents who have had to wait. 

"From the beginning we knew that this was a hugely complex operation. Our contractor has had to deliver 300,000 bins to residents and there have been a few snagging issues along the way.

“I will be writing to all of those affected.”
 


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